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Comment: Re: magic ingred vs Rocheworld tech+humanity (Score 1) 809

by pg--az (#29766349) Attached to: Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek
Robert Forward's "Rocheworld" does the best job I've ever seen at thinking up a plausible scenario for travel to a nearby star, plus a fair attempt to weave a human plot into the timescales involved. Also excellent was Forward's "Dragon's Egg", while other books by him are not nearly so good, specifically the sequels to both of these.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately vs ID-book recommendations (Score 1) 152

by pg--az (#29766321) Attached to: Scientists Discover How DNA Is Folded Within the Nucleus

sheer marvel and scale

Both Sanford's "Genetic Entropy" and Behe's "The Edge of Evolution" contain back-of-the-envelope order-of-magnitude musings on "scale" related to the random-mutation-fantasy. David Swift's "Evolution Under the Microscope" stands out for repeatedly marveling over the "folding" issue, including the snip-and-rejoin magic needed to copy a helix. I mean I have repeatedly had the experience of spending tens of minutes unraveling a 50-meter stretch of 11-millimeter Edelrid perlon climbing rope, which is specifically designed to be easy-to-handle. The idea of your genome getting tied up into knots, I mean really you DO want to ask how it possibly AVOIDS getting tied up in knots !

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